Risks and Opportunities of Quebec’s Programme de coopération climatique internationale
At COP-21 in Paris in 2015, the Government of Quebec pledged to mobilize $ 25.5 million to support actions to combat climate change in francophone developing countries that are the most vulnerable to the consequences of climate change. The Québec government has since launched the programme de coopération climatique internationale (PCCI) at COP-22 in Marrakech in 2016. This commitment is also reflected in Quebec’s new foreign policy, released in 2017. In this context, IQCarbone carried out a survey to identify the opportunities and risks that the PCCI presents for countries targeted by the programme. The survey targeted mainly members of organizations dedicated to preventing or adapting to climate change in francophone developing countries.
Although the results are based on only a small sample, they suggest that while respondents readily identified the needs of developing countries and how the PCCI could address them, their lack of awareness of the programme indicated the programme lacked visibility within targeted countries. Indeed, 95% of the participants had little or no familiarity with the PCCI. While keeping in mind that the PCCI is a new program, this outcome remains interesting to consider. Despite this, two particularly important aspects emerge from the survey: the need for local level involvement and the consideration of organizational aspects. Respondents also noted that they wanted the program to be distinct from, and complementary to, existing aid programs. However, one of the main risks to which the PCCI is confronted difficulty in accessing financing.
A complete version of the report is available here (in french only).